My 5 Favorite “Open Middle” Problems

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

I stumbled upon Open Middle in 2015 while looking for resources to be used as a warm up that would be easily differentiated for my fifth graders. While we had discussed growth mindset, had been using visual representations, and had engaged in some productive struggle, many weren’t prepared for the level of flexible thinking Open Middle problems required. I was hooked!

Learning Basic Single-Digit Combinations (Facts)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Elementary | No Comments

Rather than a sole emphasis on rote memorization in high stakes timed environments, consciously spending time on these derived strategies helps students develop the very strategies and algebraic relations that are necessary when operating with multidigit numbers.

Updated Item Samplers and TE Item Types for Math MCA

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Angela Hochstetter – Math Assessment Specialist, MNDOE Ann Page – Math Assessment Specialist, MNDOE This article will answer the following two questions: How can a teacher find new items on the math item samplers? How can a teacher or student find all of the different types of technology-enhanced (TE) items that could be […]

Grade 11 and DOK III Items Added to MCA Released Items

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

MDE added 21 released items to the released item web page. The items span grades 3 through 8 and 11, including a few DOK III items.

MyNCTM is Your NCTM!

You know, and we know, that learning, planning, and growing with others is better than doing so in isolation. MyNCTM, just released, is designed to support you in actively doing this with one another.


I love books about leadership. I especially love those books that provide a vision and an opportunity for reflection. Dr. Timothy Kanold’s book titled HEART! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader does both.

2018 Spring Conference and Symposium

2018 MCTM Spring Conference and Symposium – Information and Registration.

Data Table Added to Each Released Math Item

Released items and data tables are now provided for teacher or parent use as well as for students. All items on the MDE Released Item webpage were used operationally on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA-III).

Mathematical Beauty on Vacation to Use in Classroom Conversation

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

This interaction reminded me of a talk Christopher Danielson gave at MCTM Duluth this past spring, using photos to encourage math discussion and Malke Rosenfeld’s Instagram Page, Math Off the Page. I was inspired to find the mathematical beauty as I explored Trinidad and Tobago the next several days.

10 Minnesota Math Teacher Blogs

Here are some of my favorite Minnesota Math Teacher Bloggers. You need to follow each of their blogs. They all have some fantastic things to say. (In no particular order)